The Bog House

Being offered is a one-of-a-kind historic Martha’s Vineyard-style home, fully furnished, on a rare 7.2-acre Carolinian forest on Lorraine Bay at Lake Erie in friendly Port Colborne, Ontario on Lock 8 of the historic Welland Canal.

It is a private sale and not listed with any brokers.

Known locally as The Bog House, it was once the property of a daughter of the notorious Harrimans of U.S. robber-baron infamy. The Bog is so called because it is a peat bog rich in plant-friendly minerals. It features a beautiful natural pond that provides homes for fish and a watering spot for deer and other woodlands creatures. To the immediate east along Weaver Road is a creek which runs year round with fish swimming to Lake Erie from points north.

The Bog House is in what is now called “supercommuter” range (90 minutes by car) of Downtown Toronto’s Jarvis & King streets. Bus and train are also convenient commuter options. Hamilton is 60 minutes by car.

The winterized (R40) 4-bedroom 2-bath 2,200-sq. ft. tricked-out original Lake Erie cottage is a few steps away from the private sandy beach and boat-launch and from the famed Whiskey Run Golf Course.

Bog House owners are members of the elite Lorraine Bay Association of homeowners on the private Firelane 1 and Firelane 2 roads adjacent to Lake Erie. In the summer, the Association conducts several social events. Most residents happily attend all of them.

The Bog House has been kept in excellent condition by its current and previous owners. It maintains the Martha’s Vineyard cottage appearance inside with natural wood and materials.

The exterior front is clad in cedar shakes.

The Friendship Trail, a brief walk or bike ride away, is an elevated and maintained 16 km. paved trail that extends from the famed Welland Canal at the edge of downtown Port Colborne to Niagara Falls and the Canada/U.S. border.

It has a beautiful country kitchen with SS appliances and 6-burner Viking Gas Range beneath a high cathedral ceiling.


About the nearby city:

Port Colborne is an 8-minute drive from the privacy and seclusion of The Bog House to an active downtown.

  • Full-service hospital and all medical/dental facilities are here.
  • All major banks
  • Full Shopper’s Drug Mart and competitive drug store.
  • Liquor Store
  • Beer store
  • 3 excellent grocery chains
  • Catholic and public elementary and high schools.
  • State-of-the-art recreation centre with pool and 2 ice rinks and fitness classes.
  • Tim Hortons and other major franchises.
  • All major churches.
  • Everything you would expect in a full-service small city.

Other info:

New natural gas furnace 2014

New roof 2014

New gutters 2015